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What’s Your QQ*? #414

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published March 1, 2015 at Montereyherald.com/lifestyle.)

 

1. “Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant!”

 

A. Ralph Nader

B. Ralph Kramden

C. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

2. “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .’”

 

A. C.S. Lewis

B. J.K. Rowling

C. R.J. Reynolds

 

3. “There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.”

 

A. Henry VIII

B. Clint Eastwood

C. Lady Gaga

 

4. “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

 

A. Paul Simon

B. George Bernard Shaw

C. Charles Dickens

 

5. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

 

A. Mickey Mantle

B. John Kerry

C. Oscar Wilde

 

6. “War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong;

and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.”

 

A. Thomas Jefferson

B. Chris Kyle

C. Genghis Khan

 

7. “Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music – the world is so rich – simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.”

 

A. Henry Miller

B. Dennis Miller

C. Stephanie Miller

 

8. “Mass demand has been created almost entirely through

the development of advertising.”

 

A. Calvin Coolidge

B. Don Draper

C. Marco Polo

 

9. “Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”

 

A. Charles Manson

B. Voltaire

C. Alexander Hamilton

 

10. “There is a race between mankind and the universe. Mankind is trying to build bigger, better, faster, and more foolproof machines. The universe is trying to build bigger, better, and faster fools. So far the universe is winning.”

 

A. Stephen Hawking

B. Benedict Cumberbatch

C. Albert Einstein

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-A , 3-B , 4-B , 5-C , 6-A , 7-A , 8-A , 9-B , 10-C

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “As novices, we think we’re entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.”- Rose Wilder Lane

 (Lane, 1886-1968, the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, was a writer and libertarian theorist.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #412

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Interactive version published February 15, 2015 at Montereyherald.com.)

 

1. “I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is the best policy.”

 

A. George Washington

B. Bruce Jenner

C. Brian Williams

 

2. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,/ Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

 

A. C. S. Forester

B. Sam Smith

C. William Shakespeare

 

3. “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

 

A. John Stuart Mill

B. Pharrell Williams

C. Hugh Hefner

 

4. “Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.”

 

A. P. J. O’Rourke

B. Abner Doubleday

C. Doris Day

 

5. “If a man be endowed with a generous mind, this is the best kind of nobility.”

 

A. David Letterman

B. Warren Buffett

C. Plato

 

6. “You know the oxygen masks on airplanes? I don’t think there’s really any oxygen. I think they’re just to muffle the screams.”

 

A. Rita Rudner

B. “Sully” Sullenberger

C. Mark Twain

 

7. “The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.”

 

A. Rodney Dangerfield

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Davis Love III

 

8. “Three things too much, and three too little are pernicious to man: to speak much, and know little; to spend much, and have little; to presume much, and be worth little.”

 

A. Martin Luther King, Jr.

B. Joe Namath

C. Miguel de Cervantes

 

9. “I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.”

 

A. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

B. Lemony Snicket

C. Ulysses S. Grant

 

10. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

 

A. Ava DuVernay

B. Abraham Lincoln

C. Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Answers: 1-A, 2-C , 3-A , 4-A , 5-C , 6-A , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master    

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 

“When you realize that no one really knows what they are doing and that everyone is doing the best they can according to their own level of consciousness, life gets a lot easier.” – Bruno Cavaleiro

 (The identity of Cavaleiro is unclear.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #402

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published December 7, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

 

A. Henry Cabot Lodge

B. Anne Frank

C. Gwyneth Paltrow

 

2. “One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.”

 

A. Mark Twain

B. Andrew Lloyd Webber

C. Garfield

 

3. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

 

A. Jimmy Hoffa

B. Whoopi Goldberg

C. Stephen R. Covey

 

4. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 

A. Sam Malone

B. James Cagney

C. Humphrey Bogart

 

5. “Freedom is not a luxury that we can indulge in when at last we have security and prosperity and enlightenment; it is, rather, antecedent to all of these, for without it we can have neither security nor prosperity nor enlightenment.”

 

A. Henry Steele Commager

B. Dana Carvey

C. Will Rogers

 

6. “One good husband is worth two good wives, for the scarcer things are, the more they are valued.”

 

A. Elizabeth Taylor

B. Eleanor Roosevelt

C. Benjamin Franklin

 

7. “I’m not overweight. I’m just nine inches too short.”

 

A. Wilt Chamberlain

B. Shelley Winters

C. Orson Welles

 

8. “I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.”

 

A. Ludwig van Beethoven

B. Chuck Todd

C. Alexis de Tocqueville

 

9. “Language, — human language, — after all is but little better than the croak and cackle of fowls, and other utterances of brute nature, — sometimes not so adequate.”

 

A. Nathaniel Hawthorne

B. Mikhail Baryshnikov

C. William Shakespeare

 

10. “Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.”

 

A. Ralph Malph

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Ralph Nader

 

 

 Answers: 1-B, 2-A , 3-C , 4-C , 5-A , 6-C , 7-B , 8-C , 9-A , 10-B

 Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop, The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one.”  – Edward Fitzgerald

 (Fitzgerald, 1809-1883, was an English poet best known for his translation of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Your QQ*? #399

*QUOTATION QUOTIENT

(Published November 16, 2014 in the Monterey Herald.)

 

1. “Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.”

 

A. Edgar Allan Poe

B. Harpo Marx

C. Mitch Albom

 

2. “The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”

 

A. Ernest Borgnine

B. Frank & Ernest

C. Ernest Hemingway

 

3. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

 

A. Winston Churchill

B. Bill Clinton

C. Ray Magliozzi

 

4. “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish he didn’t trust me so much.”

 

A. Bill Maher

B. Mother Teresa

C. Barack Obama

 

5. “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”

 

A. Abraham Lincoln

B. Pat Robertson

C. Jimmy Carter

 

6. “I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.”

 

A. Mitch McConnell

B. Natalie Maines

C. Eleanor Roosevelt

 

7. “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.”

 

A. Napoleon Hill

B. Napoleon Dynamite

C. Napoleon Bonaparte

 

8. “Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

 

A. Henry Kissinger

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Genghis Khan

 

9. “Everything you can imagine is real.”

 

A. Pablo Picasso

B. Carl Jung

C. Woodrow Wilson

 

10. “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, your’re the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.”

 

A. Patrick Henry

B. Ralph Waldo Emerson

C. Perry Mason

 

 

Answers: 1-C, 2-C , 3-A , 4-B , 5-A , 6-C , 7-A , 8-B , 9- A, 10-B

 

Scoring:               10–QQQQ = Quote-Master   

(number correct)        8-9–QQQ = Scholar                       

                                   6-7–QQ = Literate

                                  4-5–Q = Semi-Literate

                                 0-3–No Q = Quote-Dunce

 

BONUS QUOTE:

 “People who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” – Neil Gaiman

 (Gaiman, b. 1960, is an English author in various genres.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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